“I’m coming in trying to win a spot,” Newhouse said Friday from his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. “If they want me to play a couple of different spots, I’ll go where they want me. I can play a little inside (at guard), too. They’re talking about the flexibility of the offensive line and I think I can help there.”
Versatile linemen are a necessity.
With Matt Schaub out of mix, Brian Hoyer appears one step closer to reclaiming Browns’ starting quarterback job
The Browns are also still expected to draft a quarterback this year. Even if they don’t pick one like Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater or Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel fourth overall, they have a late first-round selection (No. 26 overall) and an early second-round choice (No. 35 overall). Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Alabama’s AJ McCarron form what is generally considered the second tier of this year’s quarterback class.
Schaub may still be a solid starter, but taking on his contract makes the move questionable.
There are six safeties and only one of them (Matt Elam) is even notable. Then, there is Jeromy Miles, who kept bouncing on and off the active roster last year and saw little, if no game time in the position. Brynden Trawick has not impressed. Anthony Levine and Omar Brown have chances to compete for the spot alongside Elam, but the winner has a lot of responsibility to take on.
Additionally, the Ravens signed Darian Stewart, who may be a proven tackler, but only has one interception.
Expect the Ravens to draft a safety.
The 5-foot-9 Moore joins Antonio Brown as the only wide receivers with much experience on a Steelers roster that also lost Emmanuel Sanders as a free agent to the Denver Broncos. The only other receivers who have caught an NFL pass on the Steelers roster is 2013 rookie Markus Wheaton, who was limited because of injuries last season, and caught six passes, and Derek Moye, who caught two.
Free agent New England Patriots halfback LeGarrette Blount will visit the Steelers on Sunday night and Monday, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and Baltimore Sun. Blount, a big man at 6-feet, 250 pounds, is a power runner who rushed for 772 yards with the patriots last season. He has 2,711 yards in four seasons.
Finally, the Steelers also signed another of their unrestricted free agents, tight end Michael Palmer. By the middle of last season, Palmer had moved up on the depth chart past David Paulson, the Steelers’ rookie of the year in 2012.
The Steelers have been more active in free agency this year.